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OCEAN PEACE FISH PROCESSOR SUFFERS SERIOUS WRIST INJURY

March 30, 2010

A fish processor has suffered serious injuries while cleaning a fish processing machine aboard the Alaska factory trawler Ocean Peace. The accident happened 100 miles northwest of Adak Island. The crewman, Joemar Lontoc, had to be airlifted from the vessel by a Coast Guard helicopter. Lontoc was being transferred to Anchorage for further emergency medical treatment.

Injuries such as Lontoc's occur far too frequently on Alaska fish processing vessels. Crewmen must be properly trained and supervised in operating this dangerous equipment. Safety guards must be installed on the equipment to prevent accidental injuries. During cleaning operations the machines should be locked and tagged out to prevent serious injuries.

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